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Wednesday, May 07, 2014

OMNICHATTER for 5-07-2014

The OMNICHATTER has never had to visit Dr. James Andrews.

Gamingboy Posted: May 07, 2014 at 06:43 AM | 119 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Perry Posted: May 07, 2014 at 11:03 AM (#4702031)
Tulowitzki's up to 421/522/794.... he's hitting .608 at home. Man I hope he stays healthy all year.
   2. valuearbitrageur Posted: May 07, 2014 at 11:35 AM (#4702083)
I hope he hits .400. The joy of watching it and reliving the Brett, et al memories would be accentuated by the joy of listening to traditionalist teeth nashing over him doing it in Coors field.
   3. I am going to be Frank Posted: May 07, 2014 at 12:22 PM (#4702151)
Does anyone know under what conditions will the marlins open up the roof? It's 87 and sunny with a nice breeze and no rain forecasted and the roof is closed.
   4. Swedish Chef Posted: May 07, 2014 at 12:49 PM (#4702174)
Does anyone know under what conditions will the marlins open up the roof?

I think they expect to have it closed almost always.

EDIT: Wikipedia says 70 of 81 games and that it could be open on "dry nights in April".

   5. Rickey! On a blog from 1998. With the candlestick. Posted: May 07, 2014 at 12:52 PM (#4702177)
Due to work schedule and a strong desire to avoid the brutality of watching the Braves try to hit of late, I've been skipping the matchups post for a week or so. But yesterday, I realized my failure to post them was bringing some slight joy to Joey, and that can not be allowed to continue. (B-REF hasn't updated the daily matchups for today so the format is a bit off this time.) - SMH

Giants @ Pirates 12:35pm
Lincecum (2-1) v Cole (2-2)

Tim Lincecum's "mustache" is a crime against humanity.


Mets @ Marlins 12:40pm
Wheeler (1-3) v Koehler (3-2)

The only thing this one is missing is Wee Willie Keeler.


Dodgers @ Nationals 1:05pm
Haren (4-0) v Strasburg (2-2)

The pure, unadulterated, child like joy of watching Dan Haren outpitch Stephen Strasburg could cure cancer.


D-backs @ Brewers 1:10pm
Arroyo (2-2) v Peralta (4-1)

Mariners @ Athletics GM 1: 3:35pm
Hernandez (3-1) v Straily (1-2)

King Felix.


Mariners @ Athletics GM 2: TBD
Ramirez (1-3) v Leon (0-0)

Royals @ Padres 3:40pm
Shields (3-3) v Cashner (2-4)

Twins @ Indians 7:05pm
Nolasco (2-3) v Salazar (1-3)

Phillies @ Blue Jays 7:07pm
Lee (3-2) v Buehrle (5-1)

OMNICHATER matchup of the day.


Astros @ Tigers 7:08pm
Peacock (0-2) v Porcello (4-1)

Orioles @ Rays 7:10pm
Norris (2-2) v Ramos (1-1)

Reds @ Red Sox 7:10pm
Leake (2-3) v Peavy (1-1)

Cardinals @ Braves 7:10pm
Wainwright (5-2) v Minor (0-1)

Mike Minor took the loss despite a very good outing in his season debut last time out. This has the potential to be a solid pitcher's duel. If Ramiro Pena starts in place of Uggla, you can go ahead an assume 2B is a straight platoon until Uggla hits his way off the roster entirely.


Rockies @ Rangers 8:05pm
De La Rosa (3-3) v Lewis (2-1)

Cubs @ White Sox 8:10pm
Wood (2-3) v Danks (2-2)

Yankees @ Angels 10:05pm
Nuno (0-0) v Santiago (0-5)
   6. Chris Fluit Posted: May 07, 2014 at 12:57 PM (#4702184)
Nuno vs Santiago has to be the omnichatter anti-matchup of the day. 0-0, 6.87 era vs. 0-5, 5.01 era.
   7. Rickey! On a blog from 1998. With the candlestick. Posted: May 07, 2014 at 01:00 PM (#4702190)
I'll sign on for that, Chris. I didn't have a lot of time to dig into the ERA weeds. (B-REF usually provides that for me, but it's stuck on yesterday's matchups for some reason.)
   8. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: May 07, 2014 at 01:00 PM (#4702191)
[6] Idk, the possibility of an 11-9 game is entertaining.
   9. Davo Dozier Posted: May 07, 2014 at 01:06 PM (#4702197)
Any possibility of a close game with the Angels bullpen is entertaining.
   10. Rickey! On a blog from 1998. With the candlestick. Posted: May 07, 2014 at 01:08 PM (#4702199)
The Marlins are OPSing 854 at home. Basically, the entire team are hitting like Yadier Molina in Miami. They are OPSing 620 on the road, or slightly better than Martin Prado or Billy Hamilton. And people say I'm paranoid to suggest they're up to something in that park...
   11. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: May 07, 2014 at 01:15 PM (#4702205)
[9] On that note: WHICH DODGER RELIEVER WILL GET TORCHED TODAY?! I'm going to guess Withrow.
   12. Rickey! On a blog from 1998. With the candlestick. Posted: May 07, 2014 at 01:25 PM (#4702221)
It would be funnier if they were actually set on fire.
   13. The Clarence Thomas of BBTF (scott) Posted: May 07, 2014 at 01:36 PM (#4702235)
Keith Hernandez has been on a 3 inning long rant about today vs. the good old days.
   14. Swedish Chef Posted: May 07, 2014 at 02:00 PM (#4702273)
And people say I'm paranoid to suggest they're up to something in that park...

Whatever it is, the Rockies have them beaten.
   15. salvomania Posted: May 07, 2014 at 02:28 PM (#4702311)
Jean Segura caught stealing for the 5th time this year (in 11 attempts).

At this pace he'll be the first player since Brett Butler in 1991 to get caught 25 or more times (Butler was caught 28 times in 66 attempts).

Butler's interesting: He's 25th all-time in stolen bases.... and third all-time (!) in caught stealing, behind Rickey Henderson and Lou Brock.
   16. Depressoteric Posted: May 07, 2014 at 03:18 PM (#4702391)
Now THIS is the Dan Haren that Nationals fans know and love! Two runs in already in the bottom of the 1st inning, bases loaded, one out.
   17. salvomania Posted: May 07, 2014 at 03:19 PM (#4702392)
Scoreless tie in the bottom of the 9th with the Marlins threatening against Kyle Farnsworth....
   18. Depressoteric Posted: May 07, 2014 at 03:23 PM (#4702401)
Ack, Haren manages to wriggle out of the inning without any further damage. Still, he had to throw 40 pitches.
   19. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: May 07, 2014 at 03:24 PM (#4702405)
Ahhk! Dan Haren wtf?!
   20. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: May 07, 2014 at 03:27 PM (#4702408)
Raise the Jolly Roger!
   21. Swedish Chef Posted: May 07, 2014 at 03:30 PM (#4702413)
The Marlins weren't any kind of offensive juggernaut today, at least.
   22. madvillain Posted: May 07, 2014 at 03:33 PM (#4702418)
Sad to see John Danks reduced to a junk baller after the capsule injury. He just can't throw 91-92 anymore and it's taken him from a quality 2nd or 3rd starter to a decent 4th at best. His peripherals are bad and his average fb velocity is now at 88, down from even last year. Before the injury it was around 91.5.

The Sox will be lucky to get 4 WAR out of him over the remainder of his deal.
   23. Swedish Chef Posted: May 07, 2014 at 03:36 PM (#4702422)
I'm sure the Marlins are overperforming right now.

When the season ends I'd be content if they were above the Phillies.

And the Mets. And why not throw the Nats in there too? And then squeak in via a wild card. And win the World Series, pretty easy once they are in the postseason.

But I don't demand anything more than that.
   24. Davo Dozier Posted: May 07, 2014 at 03:40 PM (#4702431)
I would not be terribly surprised for the Marlins to be playing meaningful baseball in September.
   25. Davo Dozier Posted: May 07, 2014 at 03:41 PM (#4702433)
Wilson Ramos is back!
   26. Rickey! On a blog from 1998. With the candlestick. Posted: May 07, 2014 at 04:17 PM (#4702480)
Ramiro Pena is, in fact, starting against Wainwright. At this point, Uggla is the short half of a straight R/L platoon, with Pena getting the majority of the at bats (against RHP.)
   27. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: May 07, 2014 at 04:47 PM (#4702515)
Well, Haren gets a quality start at least. Maybe this lineup could get him the win.
   28. Bourbon Samurai in Asia Posted: May 07, 2014 at 04:53 PM (#4702521)
Nice outing for Strasburg
   29. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 07, 2014 at 05:02 PM (#4702530)


At this pace he'll be the first player since Brett Butler in 1991 to get caught 25 or more times (Butler was caught 28 times in 66 attempts).


Which gets me thinking - what's the fewest SB for a players with 25 or more CS? Why its Pat Duncan, who in 1922 had 12 steals to go with 28 caught stealings. The worst in the post War era is Gerald Young in 1989 - 34 steals, 25 CS. Harold Reynolds (35/28) is second in 1988.
   30. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 07, 2014 at 05:04 PM (#4702532)
If you lower the threshhold to 20 CS, Larry Gardner was 3 out of 23 SB attempts in 1920. Greg Gross 12/32 would be the worst modern player in 1974 with Alfredo Griffin (18/41 in 1980) behind him.
   31. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: May 07, 2014 at 05:05 PM (#4702534)
No win for Haren. Knowing this team, they'll either tie it up in the 9th and lose in extra innings or the next reliever will get shelled.
   32. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: May 07, 2014 at 05:12 PM (#4702541)
Strasburg at 106 pitches. Make him pay, Gonzo.
   33. Bourbon Samurai in Asia Posted: May 07, 2014 at 05:23 PM (#4702549)
That was more exciting than it needed to be. Hopefully the Nats can pick up an insurance run here
   34. Willie Mayspedester Posted: May 07, 2014 at 05:28 PM (#4702556)
Craig Gentry is awesome and King Felix doesn't have his normal stuff vs the A's. He has zero strikeouts so far today.
   35. Bourbon Samurai in Asia Posted: May 07, 2014 at 05:33 PM (#4702561)
There has been more Kevin Frandsen than I would like so far this season.
   36. boteman is not here 'til October Posted: May 07, 2014 at 05:44 PM (#4702569)
Then treat yourself to a little Nate McLouth in LF.
   37. Joey B.: posting for the kids of northeast Ohio Posted: May 07, 2014 at 05:45 PM (#4702570)
Everybody untuck, it's another Curly W in the books!
   38. Bourbon Samurai in Asia Posted: May 07, 2014 at 05:46 PM (#4702571)
Good win.
   39. Depressoteric Posted: May 07, 2014 at 06:40 PM (#4702591)
Crazy stat from Adam Kilgore (WaPo Nats beat writer) via Twitter: after the second inning this year, Stephen Strasburg has an ERA of 0.90. In the first two frames? 7.31. Go figure.
   40. Depressoteric Posted: May 07, 2014 at 07:00 PM (#4702600)
I can't believe I'm writing this, but as I speak the Mariners have just taken the first game of a doubleheader against the Athletics and...are now only one game out of first place. First place, of course, is currently occupied by none other than the Athletics.

No, I don't know how it's possible either.
   41. madvillain Posted: May 07, 2014 at 07:17 PM (#4702606)
No, I don't know how it's possible either.


[sportstalkradiovoice]Anything is possible bro, don't you follow the Seahawks? They have shown the Mariners the path! [/sportstalkradiovoice]
   42. Snowboy Posted: May 07, 2014 at 07:28 PM (#4702609)
Phillies @ Blue Jays 7:07pm
Lee (3-2) v Buehrle (5-1)


OMNICHATER matchup of the day.


They are thru 2 innings already, scoreless.
   43. Snowboy Posted: May 07, 2014 at 07:56 PM (#4702617)
Colby Rasmus is certainly hot right now.
He homered last night off Cole Hamels, and just stroked a solid single off another tough lefty Cliff lee. .295BA last 2 weeks, with .727SLG

Rasmus was prevented from scoring on a double by Steve Tolleson because it bounded over the wall, but he tagged and scored on a deep fly by Jose Reyes to RF. Tolleson must be the rare guy who actually likes facing Lee, he's 4-for-6 against him, and they have all gone for extra bases.
   44. Snowboy Posted: May 07, 2014 at 08:17 PM (#4702623)
Phils@Jays are thru 5, in about an hour?
2 hits each team, 1-0 Jays.
Watching Buehrle & Lee pitch actually makes me giggle. Neither throws tremendously hard, but these hitters wave and flail and stare and mumble.
   45. salvomania Posted: May 07, 2014 at 08:23 PM (#4702625)
Adam Wainwright, with two more hits so far tonight, is now up to .444/.474/.556 on the season... he leads the Cardinals in OPS by a couple hundred points over Yadier Molina.
   46. Willie Mayspedester Posted: May 07, 2014 at 08:28 PM (#4702626)
Gentry again is awesome he's so fast.
   47. cardsfanboy Posted: May 07, 2014 at 08:34 PM (#4702628)
Bourjos with two hits tonight....I didn't think he was capable of doing that, two hits in one week, sure he might be able to do that, but two in one night with one being a homerun? He may not be a complete and utter dud at the plate.
   48. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: May 07, 2014 at 08:45 PM (#4702635)
The more I watch Ben Revere, the more convinced I am that he just plain stinks.
   49. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: May 07, 2014 at 08:46 PM (#4702637)
Bourjos with two hits tonight....I didn't think he was capable of doing that
He's a streak hitter. Once he gets going, he turns into one of the better players in the league. You know that old quote about how two-thirds of the Earth is covered by water, and the rest is covered by Garry Maddox? Bourjos covers the water, too. He's worth riding out the slumps.
   50. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: May 07, 2014 at 08:49 PM (#4702638)
The Kratzenjammer Kid strikes. When he actually hits the ball, he smites it hard.

After giving up 1 run in 6 innings (85 pitches), Cliff Lee has given up a triple to CF (which a decent CF would have tracked and caught), Kratz's blast, a smash to LF that Navarro could only get a single on and blast by Juan Francisco.
   51. cardsfanboy Posted: May 07, 2014 at 09:06 PM (#4702642)
He's a streak hitter. Once he gets going, he turns into one of the better players in the league. You know that old quote about how two-thirds of the Earth is covered by water, and the rest is covered by Garry Maddox? Bourjos covers the water, too. He's worth riding out the slumps.


He started slow defensively also, but has picked that aspect of his game up. I just think it's weird that Wong who was hitting better than Bourjos was sent down, while Bourjos still has options and wasn't, but instead was more or less benched for a bit.

   52. madvillain Posted: May 07, 2014 at 09:14 PM (#4702643)
Jose Abreu has an ISO of .360. He is 2-2 tonight with two doubles. He now has 12 doubles and 12 homeruns. He is batting 265/325/625 with a BABIP of only .253. When a few more of his liners start falling in, he'll really have a monster line.

Never is gonna be a guy that takes 100 walks a year, but he has enough patience to work the count in his favor and boy can he do some damage.
   53. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: May 07, 2014 at 09:15 PM (#4702644)
9 run 7th for the Jays, turning a 1-0 game into a 10-0 game.
   54. Avoid running at all times.-S. Paige Posted: May 07, 2014 at 09:35 PM (#4702651)
The Rockies are turning into the juice ball era version of themselves. Every hitter in the line-up seems to be hitting over .300 with a bunch of doubles and homers.
   55. cardsfanboy Posted: May 07, 2014 at 09:40 PM (#4702654)
Wainwright just doesn't have the control he had last year, 2 more walks tonight, giving him 15 in 8 starts...totally unacceptable.
   56. Danny Posted: May 07, 2014 at 09:59 PM (#4702660)
Jose Abreu has an ISO of .360. He is 2-2 tonight with two doubles. He now has 12 doubles and 12 homeruns. He is batting 265/325/625 with a BABIP of only .253. When a few more of his liners start falling in, he'll really have a monster line.

Or when some of his HRs become doubles, his HR/FB and BABIP will both normalize.
   57. Chris Fluit Posted: May 07, 2014 at 09:59 PM (#4702662)
Konerko hits a double with the bases loaded. White Sox add 3 runs to go up 7-3.
   58. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: May 07, 2014 at 10:05 PM (#4702663)
I only watched the first couple of innings of the Chicago game, but the home plate ump has an incredibly tiny zone.
   59. Tom Nawrocki Posted: May 07, 2014 at 10:09 PM (#4702664)
BDC alert: Adrian Beltre hit his 100th homer for the Rangers, making him the fifth player to hit 100 homers for three different teams.
   60. The Yankee Clapper Posted: May 07, 2014 at 10:14 PM (#4702666)
In addition to a video tribute, the Angels presented Derek Jeter with a custom paddleboard before the game. Probably deserves a separate thread.
   61. Chris Fluit Posted: May 07, 2014 at 10:16 PM (#4702667)
#58. His zone must be expanding as the game progresses. He's called out a couple of a Cubs on third strikes out of the zone. Renteria was tossed for arguing about the called strike on Rizzo.
   62. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: May 07, 2014 at 10:21 PM (#4702669)
In addition to a video tribute, the Angels presented Derek Jeter with a custom paddleboard before the game. Probably deserves a separate thread.
The Angels are handing this game over as a topper as well. Bonehead error in RCF, bonehead error by the pitcher, and a couple of walks, and this game is on its way to being over early.

And now both Santiago and Pujols look hurt.

####. ME.
   63. The Yankee Clapper Posted: May 07, 2014 at 10:32 PM (#4702670)
Jeter's 1st inning run scored moves him past Tris Speaker for 12th on the all-time list. That probably rates another gift, although after 2 walks, 2 errors & a wild pitch, all in the 1st inning, the Angels may feel that they have done enough. Yankees up 5-0.
   64. boteman is not here 'til October Posted: May 07, 2014 at 10:36 PM (#4702671)
Mister Jones saw 2 pitches and hit 2 home runs for the Orioles tonight. Then other stuff happened.

He had been homerless for his previous 99 ABs I hear.
   65. Ray (RDP) Posted: May 07, 2014 at 10:41 PM (#4702673)
I can't believe I'm writing this, but as I speak the Mariners have just taken the first game of a doubleheader against the Athletics and...are now only one game out of first place. First place, of course, is currently occupied by none other than the Athletics.

No, I don't know how it's possible either.


I think there's something weird going on in Seattle's park, where it's such an extreme pitchers' park that it kills hitters beyond even what the park factors say for OPS+.

And probably helps pitchers beyond what their ERA+ is.

Sort of the reverse of Coors (or Anaheim in recent years).

I haven't studied this; it's just a guess. But hitters and prospects go there and die.
   66. Snowboy Posted: May 07, 2014 at 10:51 PM (#4702676)
BDC alert: Adrian Beltre hit his 100th homer for the Rangers, making him the fifth player to hit 100 homers for three different teams.

First thought was Joe Morgan, but then he never reached 300 career, so that's wrong.
A-Rod has to be one? (SEA, TEX, Yanks)
Thome? (Philly, CWS, and of course CLE)
Reggie? (OAK, NYY, Angels)

What about Gary Sheffield, he moved around so much that I lost track?
Piazza, Hawk Dawson, Winfield, they had split careers but not enough on a third team.
Big Cat Galarraga: MON, COL, and ...SF?
   67. cardsfanboy Posted: May 07, 2014 at 11:01 PM (#4702679)
McGriff missed by one...,
   68. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: May 07, 2014 at 11:05 PM (#4702681)
McGriff - Blue Jays, Braves, Padres?

CFB is right. And it was the Rays, not the Pads, where he came close.
   69. cardsfanboy Posted: May 07, 2014 at 11:06 PM (#4702682)
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   70. Chris Fluit Posted: May 07, 2014 at 11:09 PM (#4702683)
That narrows it down to Matt Williams or Dick Allen. I'll guess Allen because I can't think of a third team for Williams.
   71. Snowboy Posted: May 07, 2014 at 11:09 PM (#4702684)
McGriff - Blue Jays, Braves, Padres?
Ohh, Freddie is also a great guess, although I would have gone Jays, Braves, D-Rays: 493 total
   72. Chris Fluit Posted: May 07, 2014 at 11:11 PM (#4702685)
I was wrong. It wasn't Allen.
   73. cardsfanboy Posted: May 07, 2014 at 11:11 PM (#4702686)
That narrows it down to Matt Williams or Dick Allen. I'll guess Allen because I can't think of a third team for Williams.


Sorry...my clue was a mistake in reading on my part. I can't find the fifth name, and I've gone through every name with over 300 homeruns now...
   74. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: May 07, 2014 at 11:14 PM (#4702688)
Kingman?

Edit: Nope, six short with Chicago.

   75. madvillain Posted: May 07, 2014 at 11:27 PM (#4702690)
Everyone do yourselve a favor and watch the replay of the Alexie Ramirez double play in the 9th form tonight's game against the Cubs. Ramirez made one of the best plays I've ever seen and I like to think I've seen a lot of baseball.
   76. Guapo Posted: May 07, 2014 at 11:28 PM (#4702691)
Looks like it's Darrell Evans with Atl, Det, and SF.
   77. madvillain Posted: May 07, 2014 at 11:39 PM (#4702696)
   78. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: May 08, 2014 at 12:45 AM (#4702700)
Angels back under .500. It's early in the year, but they're pretty much exactly what their record says they are. Maybe when Calhoun and Hamilton come back things'll turn around, but their bullpen is still a flaming shitbag, and they're getting nothing out of Santiago. 16-17 is exactly who they are. Considering the top-line talent on this team, it's ####### embarrassing.
   79. PreservedFish Posted: May 08, 2014 at 12:45 AM (#4702701)
I think there's something weird going on in Seattle's park, where it's such an extreme pitchers' park that it kills hitters beyond even what the park factors say for OPS+.


Didn't Bret Boone have like 180 RBIs in this same park?
   80. puck Posted: May 08, 2014 at 01:26 AM (#4702706)
Angels affiliate Burlington (IA) Bees in the A Midwestern league took a 17-1 lead in the bottom of the 5th and ended up losing 20-17 in 12 innings!

Box score.
   81. madvillain Posted: May 08, 2014 at 01:49 AM (#4702708)
Considering the top-line talent on this team, it's ####### embarrassing.


Yea disparity in payrolls make baseball like that. Saw a cubs fan post tonight how angry it makes him that ffs the Marlins are always more successful than the Cubs. Always, whether they are "rebuilding" or winning championships.

I'm tickled pink the White Sox are 18-17 and +7 in runs, the addition of new talent is welcome. I don't know if they can keep it up all year, but there are other ways to rebuild that don't involve completely cratering for 2+ years. Abreu was a once a decade opportunity but they jumped on it to their credit.
   82. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: May 08, 2014 at 02:03 AM (#4702710)
Angels affiliate Burlington (IA) Bees in the A Midwestern league took a 17-1 lead in the bottom of the 5th and ended up losing 20-17 in 12 innings!
Yeah. Guess the big team can't look downward for bullpen help.

/snerk
   83. boteman is not here 'til October Posted: May 08, 2014 at 06:14 AM (#4702725)
#77 As Hawk says in that excerpt, no other shortstop in the game has played better than Ramirez, including that other Ramirez. He should know, he's seen 'em all.
   84. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: May 08, 2014 at 10:25 AM (#4702822)
#77 As Hawk says in that excerpt, no other shortstop in the game has played better than Ramirez, including that other Ramirez. He should know, he's seen 'em all.


Chicago's may have played better than LA's, but he sure as hell hasn't played better than Colorado's non-Ramirez-flavored shortstop.
   85. stanmvp48 Posted: May 08, 2014 at 11:46 AM (#4702876)
Did I miss the answer to the ? about the players who have 100 HRs with three different teams?
   86. cardsfanboy Posted: May 08, 2014 at 11:56 AM (#4702881)
Did I miss the answer to the ? about the players who have 100 HRs with three different teams?


Arod, Beltre, Thome, Reggie, and Darrell Evans.
   87. JJ1986 Posted: May 08, 2014 at 12:17 PM (#4702888)
Do the Twins have no healthy outfielders in their system? Why are they playing games with this ridiculously misshapen MLB roster?
   88. Hack Wilson Posted: May 08, 2014 at 12:28 PM (#4702891)
Kingman?

Edit: Nope, six short with Chicago.


Yeah I thought it was Kingman. He did get at least 75 homers with 4 teams (if my math is right).
   89. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: May 08, 2014 at 12:40 PM (#4702894)
Do the Twins have no healthy outfielders in their system? Why are they playing games with this ridiculously misshapen MLB roster?

In spite of the Phillies wretched OF, I'd gladly give you Ben Revere back. You have to play him in CF, to maximize the humor.
   90. cardsfanboy Posted: May 08, 2014 at 12:54 PM (#4702899)
Yeah I thought it was Kingman. He did get at least 75 homers with 4 teams (if my math is right).


Don't need math, bb-ref summarizes results for each team at the bottom of the batting stats...just below total, and even breaks it down by AL and NL homeruns. Kingman stats (77 hr with SFG, 94 with CHC, 100 with OAK and 154 with NYM
   91. Davo Dozier Posted: May 08, 2014 at 01:01 PM (#4702904)
87--Do the Twins have no healthy outfielders in their system? Why are they playing games with this ridiculously misshapen MLB roster?


We do not. The three guys in our opening day starting outfield--Willingham in left, Hicks in center, Arcia in right--are all on the disabled list right now.

Today's game is the first time in Eduardo Escobar's professional career (going back to the minors) that he has played center field.
   92. Davo Dozier Posted: May 08, 2014 at 01:55 PM (#4702954)
2-run infield single for Chris Colabello. He's an RBI machine!
   93. Joey B.: posting for the kids of northeast Ohio Posted: May 08, 2014 at 01:59 PM (#4702956)
If the Marlins win tonight, they're all alone in first place.

How many people saw THAT as being a possibility on May 9?
   94. Davo Dozier Posted: May 08, 2014 at 02:06 PM (#4702960)
Josmil Pinto behind the plate this year:

9 games. 3 errors. 1 passed ball. And base-runners are 8 for 8 on stolen base attempts.

There was little question that he had the bat to play in the Majors, but the knock on him was always his defense. It's early, but...I'd say those concerns were justified.
   95. Davo Dozier Posted: May 08, 2014 at 02:12 PM (#4702964)
George Springer just hit his first home run.
   96. cardsfanboy Posted: May 08, 2014 at 02:22 PM (#4702970)
We do not. The three guys in our opening day starting outfield--Willingham in left, Hicks in center, Arcia in right--are all on the disabled list right now.

Today's game is the first time in Eduardo Escobar's professional career (going back to the minors) that he has played center field.


Cardinals have several outfielders that could use some major league experience, promise not to break them, and we could loan you Joey Butler, Piscotty or Taveras(Butler is clearly ML ready...other two might need some seasoning)
   97. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: May 08, 2014 at 02:28 PM (#4702973)
How many people saw THAT as being a possibility on May 9?

For a brief moment I did, but immediately I sought help.
   98. Davo Dozier Posted: May 08, 2014 at 02:52 PM (#4702987)
93--Marlins, Brewers, and Rockies are all in first place in their respective divisions in the National League. That'd be one hell of a parlay.
   99. Davo Dozier Posted: May 08, 2014 at 03:08 PM (#4702996)
Asdrubal Cabrera just "hit" for the "cycle."

EDIT: Nope, never mind, Official Scorer (correctly) changed his mind.
   100. Davo Dozier Posted: May 08, 2014 at 04:29 PM (#4703037)
Joe Mauer is headed to the DL.

He has 5 extra base hits this year.

And there’s this fun trend in his strikeout rate—

2010: 9.1%
2011: 11.4%
2012: 13.7%
2013: 17.5%
2014: 22.2%
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